Isis RSL honours women

Isis Town and Country - - News -

IF LAUGH­TER and chat­ter is a good in­di­ca­tor of a func­tion’s suc­cess, then Isis RSL Sub-Branch’s in­au­gu­ral In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day morn­ing tea on Sun­day went off with a bang.

Sec­re­tary Mel Hamil­ton’s sen­ti­ment was echoed by those who at­tended the RSL’s first foray into host­ing the event.

The build­ing was dec­o­rated in IWD’s of­fi­cial colours: pur­ple, for dig­nity; white, for pu­rity; and green, for hope.

“She was like a grand old dame re­born,” Mr Hamil­ton said.

“Two of our RSL women (Vicky McCarthy and Jille Owen) vol­un­teered their time to cook up a feast of sweet and savoury pe­tit fours that ev­ery­one seemed to en­joy.

“Quite a few of our guests also en­joyed an ex­tra-spe­cial treat of cham­pagne, straw­ber­ries and home­made choco­lates.”

Or­gan­iser Tracey Jack­son said the event gave the club an op­por­tu­nity to hon­our the achieve­ments of “some of the won­der­ful women of the Isis”.

“We were priv­i­leged to have Jenny Wood­man, an el­der of the Butchulla peo­ple, do a wel­come to coun­try on be­half of the Butchulla peo­ple and the other tra­di­tional own­ers, the Kabi Kabi peo­ple,” she said.

Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Bennett also spoke of the day’s im­por­tance.

CWA’s Rosie Shut­tle­wood spoke at the morn­ing tea about the Childers branch, and said while they were only a small group, they still man­aged to do a lot in the com­mu­nity.

Ms Jack­son also shared some in­for­ma­tion about Dame Annabelle Rankin at the morn­ing tea.

Dame Annabelle’s fam­ily first lived near Childers on their sugar cane farm, Tigh-na-Bi­enne, and a young Annabelle rode her pony to Childers State School.

“I was look­ing for some in­for­ma­tion on Childers on­line when I saw a ref­er­ence to Dame Annabelle be­ing one of our fa­mous peo­ple,” she said.

“De­spite hav­ing been raised in Childers, I’d never heard of her, so I de­cided to in­ves­ti­gate a lit­tle fur­ther.

“What I found was an amaz­ing woman who was a real trail­blazer for women, not just for Queens­land women but for all Aus­tralian women.”

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